Book review

The Honour of the Knights

by Stephen J. Sweeney

The Honour of the Knights by Stephen J. Sweeney

The plot of this science fiction novel has a lot of potential: a group of elite pilots are training in the latest star fighters, to do battle with an implacable enemy, and they slowly begin to think that all is not quite what it seems in the ongoing war.

Sadly, I found the writing style quite weak. For me, it was clunky with little flow to it, and too much dependence on telling a number of details, rather than letting me intuit it. It also has a whiff of thesaurus about it at times:

“Simon took a look at his bedside clock. The illuminated green numbers informed him that it was just past four thirty”.

Really, the numbers informed him, did they? So no points for style, a couple of points for a reasonable plot.

I wanted to like this book, I really did, and I hate writing a review like this for a number of reasons. But I also know I would want to be able to read reviews like this for books I might be about to buy. So, sorry, but only two stars here.

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